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Combat Corduroy / Press

“These guys have been a staple in the Kalamazoo scene for some time, and as we’ve pointed out before, are typically up to some pretty cool stuff. And they still are, as is apparent in their newest album, which was released in spite of the inherent obstacles life throws at a group of individuals trying to create art together.”

“Despite those setbacks, Combat Corduroy has hit a number of personal milestones in the last two years, following the release of their 2011 album, Bless The Flowers, Bless The Weeds. They’ve opened for Keller Williams at the State Theatre, Rusted Root at the Entertainment District, played The Intersection in Grand Rapids for the first time opening for Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, and had the opportunity to record and jam with another Gull Lake alum, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, this past New Year’s, at their “home base” – Koyez Productions, run by Gull Lake alum, car crash survivor, and lifelong Newsted friend, Gary Kyes.”

“Next up was Combat Corduroy, who you will be reading a lot about over at Kalamazoo Local Music in the very near future. It was as solid a performance as any I’ve seen from them, and I always enjoy watching the solo responsibilities shared between the two guitarists. My favorite part of this performance, however, was when Logan took over for Jon on drums actually mid-song, allowing Jon to make his way to the front of the stage, ask the audience to drink with him, then fucking chug a half pint of vodka. The only sound I heard over the cheers from the crowd was that of Jon’s liver squealing in pain”

"Combat Corduroy killed the place"

Michigan Home Grown concert series 2012

“These four brothers have come together to make rock that makes your ears tingle at the very thought.”

“Combat Corduroy has been and will continue to play the best damn tunes this side of the Mississippi.”

“Combat Corduroy, recorded its album, “Bless the Flowers, Bless the Weeds,” in the studio and released it in October. Petro said Kyes has provided several struggling musicians with a place to live, asking for nothing in return. Kyes said he enjoys using his skills to make music, even though he can’t play. His home also acts as a quasi-counseling center for those who need to talk about their troubles. “He’s always been an inspiration for myself and everyone else. There’s a lot of kids he’s helped and given a chance to record. ... He’s never given up,” Petro said. “He’s the real hero,” said Newsted, who left Metallica in 2001.”

"'Bless the Flowers, Bless the Weeds', just dropped this fall. Recorded with KOYEZ Production the new CD is a much closer indication of the band's current sound since the departure of Annie Jennings. "Listen to our tunes. They'll sell themselves," says Watkins. Combat Corduroy will be playing at the Strutt on December 16th (Courtesy of Kzoo Music Scene, part of "The Launch" Kick-Off Party), at the Old Dog Tavern on December 29th and at the Intersection in Grand Rapids January 8th. Possibly even more exciting is that the boys will be releasing a music video for their song "Her" in the Spring of 2012; their prize for winning at Blood, Sweat and Tears. If you haven't checked them out yet this needs to change as they may be one of the faster rising bands in Kalamazoo today, which could mean they'll be one of the tops bands in the state tomorrow."

"they just won a huge four month long battle of the bands this past summer defeating a long list of artists of many different genre and earning some serious evidence for being one of the best bands in the state of Michigan."

“Combat Corduroy has a lot of fight in them, but they never fight dirty. Having won the local performance competition “Blood, Sweat & Tears” organized by the guys in Kinetic Affect this past summer, this four-piece pop-rock band proved their broad appeal with plenty of clean and catchy hooks. Their new album starts off simply, getting the party going with the bluesy licks and jammy grooves of “Good Times” before showing off their wider range of influences. Lead guitarist Andrew Watkins draws most of the spotlight with his frequently flashy solos (expertly captured in the studio here), but it’s vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Logan Castle’s heart at the center of these songs, and bassist Brandon Jennings and drummer Jon Petro rhythms, that’ll pull people in.”

“A rumor involving Combat Corduroy and the Black Crowes! There's a rumor that our friends Combat Corduroy will open for the Black Crowes at the Orbit Room in Grand Rapids on Sunday, July 27! The show is for ages 16 and up. Tickets are $35 in advance, $38 on the day of the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Also playing: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.”

“Blood, Sweat and Tears is a competition primarily for hip hop entertainers. After Rounds of auditions eight performers competed in preliminary rounds.... Now it's time for the finals. The final four will go head-to-head...An underground rapper faces off with a hip-hop duo, a pop-rock band (Combat Corduroy), and an urban dance crew.”

“Every month, four artists displayed their talents and the top act moved on to the finals. The top four - .....Combat Corduroy.....”